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California man drowns when swept away by rogue wave in Mexico

September 20, 2012 |  3:48 pm

A rogue wave that crashed on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Wednesday dragged off a vacationing California couple, according to reports.

The State Department confirmed that a U.S. citizen had been killed but would not reveal further information because of privacy concerns.

But the Associated Press reported that 72-year-old Ted Park and his 66-year-old wife, Sinae, were struck by a giant wave as they walked along the beach. Both were pulled into the water, the AP said.

Ted Park's body was found several hours later by a naval boat, while his wife suffered respiratory problems because of the accident. The AP reported that the man drowned.

Fifty-one U.S. citizens have drowned in Mexico in the last two years, according to State Department statistics kept for deaths of U.S. citizens abroad by non-natural causes.

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